The Lawfare Podcast

Lawfare Podcast Episode #82: Brad Smith on the Balance of National Security and Privacy

By Cody M. Poplin
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 1:55 PM

Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft, recently discussed the future of privacy in an increasingly digital age at a Brookings event entitled, "The Future of Global Technology, Privacy, and Regulation." In his talk, Smith takes on questions about the role of the Fourth Amendment in the era of cloud computing; he talks about issues of data-sovereignty; and he outlines how laws and regulations need to change in order to facilitate the adoption of new and powerful technologies, while also preventing criminal abuse of those same technological innovations. He calls for Congress to close the door on bulk collection, speaks to the role of the FISA court, and sketches a framework for balancing privacy and national security. Cameron F. Kerry, visiting fellow at Brookings, introduced Smith and moderated the discussion.

The full event video is below: